A favorite of fantasy matchmakers appears on its way to reality as #2 ranked lightweight, Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) will take on #1 ranked featherweight, Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) in a lightweight showdown on April 14th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Rios-Gamboa, reported as a done deal by spokespeople from both camps, will be for the vacant WBA lightweight title– a title recently stripped from Juan Manuel Marquez.
Rios previously held a lesser version of the title that he was forced to vacate due to weight issues before his December 3rd bout with Brit, John Murray. The resident of Oxnard, California burst upon the world scene in 2010 with a dominant DQ 7 win over Anthony Peterson. Since then, the colorful, all-action “Bam Bam” has stopped each of his next four opponents– Omri Lowther (TKO 5), Miguel Acosta (TKO 10) , Urbano Antillon (KO 3), and John Murray (TKO 11).
Gamboa, a Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the sport’s most talented fighters, will be moving up two full weight classes to take the high profile HBO bout. In his last several contests, Gamboa has scored dominant victories over Daniel Ponce de Leon (TD 8), Jorge Solis (TKO 4), and Orlando Salido (UD 12).
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